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Eight minutes to share my opinion on New Year’s Resolutions

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~ This post was freewritten between 12:13am and 12:21am on the 1 January 2014 ~

For as many New Year’s as I can remember, I’ve never made a resolution. Not one. Ever. The way I see it, New Year’s resolutions are a token gesture, a promise we make ourselves that we have no real intention of keeping.

Sure, people start off meaning well. If they’ve resolved to quit cigarettes they may make it to the 4th or 5th of January, others may last until March or April, but the moment a particularly enjoyable night on the turps occurs the resolution is forgotten and the smokes come out. Similarly, you can bet your beautiful bottoms that gyms the world over will be heaving over the next few weeks as everyone who’ve resolved to spend more time at the gym hit the treadmills and pump the weights until their hectic lives take over and all good intentions are forgotten.

The problem with resolutions is that they are an absolute. There is no room for error in a resolution. If you resolve to stop eating cake, even eating one crumb of delicious chocolate gateaux means you’ve failed. And as a smarter man than me once said, there are no absolutes in life, so why do people persist in imposing them on themselves? Surely that’s just setting yourself up for failure?

A better option is to make plans; specific, accountable, trackable, achievable hopes for the year ahead. Goals are not absolute; they are organic, easily interchangeable with the fluctuations and constancy of life. Instead of resolving to go to the gym, why not make a goal to lose weight, this way if things come up in your life (which I guarantee they will) you can alter your plans to replace the gym with nightly walks and/or eating healthier food?

But with all that said – and with the statistics weighted against me (they say that 80% of New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first two weeks of January) – I have decided that 2014 is the year that I make my first resolution. The first time I’ve decided to set myself an absolute. Where there is only success of failure.

This year, I vow to stop drinking all forms of soft drink!
(Note, this does not include non-sugar cordial with soda water)

And the reason behind this decision? The reason why I’m setting myself this resolution now, after thirty-five years on the planet without making one? Simple. I want 2014 to be different. I want it to be epic. I want it to be the sort of year people will one day tell their great-grandchildren about. And what better way to state this intention than to do something so grotesquely out of character?

So you could say that in 2014 I’m setting myself two resolutions:

This year, I vow to stop drinking all forms of soft drink!
(Note, this does not include non-sugar cordial with soda water)

And, I vow to make 2014 the best year in my life. Bar none.

Who wants to start a poll as to which one I’ll fail in first?

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Previous installments of the Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Challenge:

| Day One | Day Two | Day Three |
| Day Four | Day Five | Day Six |
| Day Seven |

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| Marci, Mental Health and More | Many of Us |
| Looking for Lucy |

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